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An enormous thank you goes out to our playground project lead Christina McPherson and her playground committee members, Cassandra King, Gigi Evora, and Jessie Huddleston.

We are 6 days out from our volunteer build and there is much to complete before Play by Design’s playground engineers arrive.

  • Reminder – construction dates are March 7-11.
  • VOLUNTEER SHIFTS are for 4 hours, starting at 8AM and going until 8PM. Childcare and food is provided by volunteers
    • SHIFT TIMES:
    • 1st shift: 8:00am – 12:00pm
    • Lunch: 12:00pm– 12:30pm 
    • 2nd shift: 12:30pm– 4:30pm
    • Dinner: 4:30pm – 5:00pm 
    • 3rd shift: 5:00pm – 8:30pm

TOOLS & SUPPLIES NEEDED

Please help us by loaning tools, bits, and supplies. This helps us keep construction costs to a minimum. Also – we do a safety check on all tools, label what you loan us, and return them to you with new blades/bits!

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ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • large and medium sized stones/rocks (to create our natural stone walkway up the hill)

All tools and supplies should be delivered to campus by March 3

 

FOOD SITE-COORDINATORS, FOOD DONATION & SUPPLIES NEEDED 

We are feeding the volunteers and we are providing them with water, tea, and coffee. Please help food coordinator Cassandra King (mathmelee@yahoo.com/340.277.5292) by contributing and volunteering your time and services.

VOLUNTEER:    

  • Be a food site-coordinator
  • Prepare a meal
  • Prepare the food area
  • Help serve, set-up and clean-up food site

CONTRIBUTE:

  • Donate a meal
  • Make a monetary donation

ITEMS NEEDED:

  • 6 bags of apples
  • 6 bags of grapes
  • 6 bags of oranges
  • 6 large bags baby carrot sticks
  • 50 pieces of bananas
  • 3 boxes of cereal bars
  • 3 boxes of granola bars
  • 3 bags of Pretzels
  • 3 jars of animal crackers
  •  Johnny cakes (about 60-80 pieces)
  • Assorted breakfast pastries (croissants, danish, buns, etc.)
  • Potato and Assorted Chips
  • Cole Slaw
  • Macaroni salad
  • Green Salad

Sign-up sheet in the office today!

 

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The Roseway, an educational schooner, which is a part of the World Ocean School, travels to St. Croix every winter. It is back on St. Croix and 24 elementary children, 4 parent chaperones, the elementary teacher and her assistant were excited to board on January 24th, 2018. Our students were able to support this non-profit educational vessel due to supporters of our Hurricane Relief Fund.

The students had fun learning about life aboard the sailing vessel and nautical science. According to Helen Collins and Bella Davis-McCarthy, elementary children of SCM, “Sailing the Roseway was an awesome experience.”

BEFORE BOARDING

Before boarding, everyone was gathered in a circle to introduce themselves. The children were then given a lesson on the community values that the Roseway crew honor to be a successful team while aboard the ship. John, a crew member discussed why it is helpful and important to have values such as respect, communication, trust, self-worth, and team work while aboard the ship. The children participated fully in the discussions and when they were asked, where else they can implement those community values, they gave meaningful feedback and insight.

WHILE ABOARD

Before sailing out, the children were giving the opportunity to assist the crew to raise the sails and at the same time, they were given a lesson on the names of the sails. It was a very windy day, so the crew only raised the jumbo sail. The children were divided into three teams. Each team had one student leader and two adult chaperones.  The teams toured the ship and rotated from one station to the next where they were given lessons on:

  • the history of the Roseway,
  • the special names of the parts of the ship (bow, stern, port, and starboard),
  • the special names of certain areas on the ship (the saloon, the helm, the  galley and the head),
  • simple machines (pulleys, lever, and axle),
  • the names of the sails (peak, throat halyard, and jumbo) and
  • tying knots (figure eight, bowline, square knot and barrel).

 At the end of the day, the children were given the opportunity to see how the Roseway crew communicated to lower the sails.

Sadly, some children were seasick. They were told to watch a fixed point on land and  were given candied ginger to ease their nausea. On our way back to shore, we received  showers of blessings. Regardless of getting wet, the children enjoyed the rain. Before we departed the ship, the children thanked and expressed deep gratitude to the Roseway crew (John, Ben, Eric, Tim, Holly, Krystina, Amanda, Andy, and Perryfor a wonderful and awesome experience aboard their ship.

ROSEWAY TRIVIA

  • The Roseway was built in 1925. She is almost 93 years old.
  • The Roseway is one of only six original Grand Banks schooners, and the only schooner specifically designed to beat the Nova Scotians in the international fishing vessel races of the 1920s and 1930s.
  • The Roseway sank on September 14, 1926, but she was raised and repaired.
  • The Roseway set a record of 74 swordfish caught in one day in 1934.
  • The Roseway was used as a pilot ship to guide ships to protect the harbor.

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Learn More About The Roseway!

“Hop on board and experience Roseway for yourself. From Boston to St. Croix, and sunset sails to multi-week voyages — there are plenty of ways to get involved.” You can learn more about the Roseway and how you can donate by going to their website at   https://worldoceanschool.org.

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